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Madcap Laughs


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Imports
  • ASIN: B000024KBA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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1. Terrapin
2. No Good Trying
3. Love You
4. No Man's Land
5. Dark Globe
6. Here I Go
7. Octopus
8. Golden Hair
9. Long Gone
10. She Took A Long Cold Look
11. Feel
12. If It's In You
13. Late Night
14. Octopus (Takes 1 & 2)
15. It's No Good Trying (Take 5)
16. Love You (Take 1)
17. Love You (Take 3)
18. She Took A Long Cold Look At Me (Take 4)
19. Golden Hair (Take 5)


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Format: Audio CD
Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett's first solo album entitled The Madcap Laughs was released in January of 1970 but would not be released in the US until the Syd Barrett double album in 1970. The album was recorded throughout 1969 with producers Malcolm Jones whom produced most of the first half and the closing Late Night. It was also produced by Roger Waters and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. By this point, the effects of Syd's drug use started to deteriorate his songwriting skills. There are some great tracks like the opening Terrapin, No Good Trying, Here I Go, Octopus, Golden Hair, Long Gone and Late Night. There is two songs on here that were not great, Dark Globe(another version of this track appeared on Opel as Wouldn't You Miss Me and buries the version on Madcap), Feel and If It's In You sound like he is going through the motions. This is a good album nonetheless if you liked Piper at the Gates of Dawn era Floyd.
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Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett's first solo album entitled The Madcap Laughs was released in January of 1970 but would not be released in the US until the Syd Barrett double album in 1970. The album was recorded throughout 1969 with producers Malcolm Jones whom produced most of the first half and the closing Late Night. It was also produced by Roger Waters and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd. By this point, the effects of Syd's drug use started to deteriorate his songwriting skills. There are some great tracks like the opening Terrapin, No Good Trying, Here I Go, Octopus, Golden Hair, Long Gone and Late Night. There is two songs on here that were not great, Dark Globe(another version of this track appeared on Opel as Wouldn't You Miss Me and buries the version on Madcap), Feel and If It's In You sound like he is going through the motions. This is a good album nonetheless if you liked Piper at the Gates of Dawn era Floyd.
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Kicked out of Pink Floyd because of unstable mind, Syd Barrett dissapeared from the music scene for a couple of years. Several years later he returned, stripping down his sound, turning from experimental psychedelia to a sort of acid folk. He went into the studio to record, helped by former bandmates and very patient friends.
The Madcap Laughs is the result. The first (and best) of Syd's two proper studio albums.
There's not a bad track on it. There's "Terrapin" with it's hypnotic drift. There's "Love You" with its poppy melody, chirpy piano and verbal diorrhea lyrics. There's emotional moments like "Dark Globe" and "Late Night", which Syd would never have tried on Piper at the Gates of Dawn. There's guitar fuzz on "No Man's Land". "There's No Good Trying", a loud piece of psychedelia with great drum work, "Here I Go" is Syd's reaction to being kicked out of the Floyd, "Golden Hair" is poetry in motion (literally), "Long Gone" could have sat well on a Pink Floyd album, with its wailing choruses and organ. Even the out of tune "If It's In You" is loveable. It's so bad it's good. You can hear what he's trying to do and how he's doing his best. It shows how difficult it was to record Syd, given his delicate mental state.
This isn't your average pop, rock or folk music. This is a journey. A journey inside a broken mind. Syd Barrett is still whimsical, he's still kind, he's still humourous. He's just a little hurt and a little confused here. Creatively, he's as good as he was on "Piper at the Gates of Dawn", if not better.
I recommend this album to Pink Floyd fans, and those looking to try something out of the ordinary.
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It's a shame that more people don't know who this man is. He started one of the biggest rock and roll franchises of the seventies, and even today he is revered in circles of musicians that are educated on the history of Pink Floyd. This album shows his songcrafting abilities and his undeniable guitar skills. Even under a haze of LSD, the man can deliver a song as good as anything that was on the radio back in the day, but his reputation preceded him and his music remains in obscurity.
This isn't a Pink Floyd album. It's full of little ditties about being lost in the woods, girls that don't like his songs, and dresses. The whole album has a "sit right here, I'm gonna play you a song" vibe to it, and the lack of a dedicated backing band makes it almost folky...but those are the qualities that I like about it. It's a little disjointed at times, but an unpolished gem is still a gem.
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The legend is that Syd was tossed out of Pink Floyd because his epic consumption of LSD has rendered him unable to perform in any comprehensible manner. This is mostly true, unfortunately for Pink Floyd and for us fans. The lightness and humor of Syd's work was lost when he was left Pink Floyd.
This album, put together with some of Pink Floyd and some of the members of Soft Machine, is weird, wonderful, and at times, heartbreaking. Syd's songs are, as in his hey day with Pink Floyd, child-like, but the wonder has turned to confusion in many of the songs. The first song "Terrapin" is a case in point. A simple Blues progression becomes a dirge of strummed electric guitars and Syd's words, a sort of mimimalist psychedelic masterpiece with the refain "oh, baby, my hair's on end about you." The emptiness surrounding this song is frightening.
This music is utter chaos, but it works for me. Recorded in 1970, however, this mid-60's flower-child feeling, sounds archaic, and you must be willing to forgo any sense of time to enjoy this music - sort of like being on the drugs that rendered Syd into basket case.
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